The students and faculty at Daymar College have really been enjoying their new digs in the Shoppes at Russellville on Sam Walton Way, just off the 68/80 Bypass.
The new facility has only been open approximately three months, but it has already made a huge difference in the learning environment at the college, said campus director Barry Dill.
“We’ve got a lot more usable space than we did at the other building,” Dill said.
The new building is has five classrooms - including two computer labs, a medical lab and a pharmacy lab - as part of its 5,625 square feet.
It’s a huge step up from the old location at Shelton Lane.
“We were just beside a warehouse over there and it wasn’t uncommon at all to be teaching a class and have to deal with the sounds of tow motors moving around and banging into things,” Dill said.
While the new facility is part of a strip mall, the interior was constructed just for the college.
“When they started, there was only a concrete floor and a roof - everything else, we built with this facility in mind,” Dill said. “We really believe that we have something to offer this area. A lot of expense went into the building of this new facility.”
There are five courses of study offered at the Russellville location of Daymar College - Business Management, Criminal Justice, Medical Assisting, Medical Billing & Coding and Pharmacy Technology.
“You can get everything you need right here,” Dill said. “But is we need assistance, we can get that from the campuses in either Bowling Green or Clarksville.”
Dill said that the largest class sizes at Daymar are between 15-18 people and all ages of men and women attend the school.
“Most of our students are non-traditional, older students, but we have a few that come to us right out of high school,” Dill said.
Dill said that the thing that sets Daymar apart from other more traditional universities is the help students get after graduation.
“I think a lot of people misunderstand what a career college is about,” Dill said. “If you go to a college like Western Kentucky, they will give you your diploma and then you’re on your own. But we are required to help you find a job after your graduate with us. That doesn’t mean everybody gets a job, but we will help you with that on the back end of your college career.”